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State tax filing forms Publication 516 - Main Content Table of Contents U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Tax ReturnFiling Information Foreign Bank Accounts U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government Payments Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Tax Treaty Benefits Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Other Income Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses Foreign Taxes Local (Foreign) Tax ReturnTax Treaty Benefits Other Agreements Double Withholding How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). State tax filing forms U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Tax Return Filing Information If you are a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen or green card holder living or traveling outside the United States, you are generally required to file income tax returns in the same way as those residing in the United States. State tax filing forms However, the special rules explained in the following discussions may apply to you. State tax filing forms See also Tax Treaty Benefits, later. State tax filing forms When To File and Pay Most individual tax returns cover a calendar year, January through December. State tax filing forms The regular due date for these tax returns is April 15 of the following year. State tax filing forms If April 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, your tax return is considered timely filed if it is filed by the next business day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. State tax filing forms If you get an extension, you are allowed additional time to file and, in some circumstances, pay your tax. State tax filing forms You must pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date. State tax filing forms Your return is considered filed on time if it is mailed from and officially postmarked in a foreign country on or before the due date (including extensions), or given to a designated international private delivery service before midnight of the last date prescribed for filing. State tax filing forms See your tax form instructions for a list of private delivery services that have been designated by the IRS to meet this “timely mailing as timely filing/paying” rule for tax returns and payments. State tax filing forms If your return is filed late, the postmark or delivery service date does not determine the date of filing. State tax filing forms In that case, your return is considered filed when it is received by the IRS. State tax filing forms Extensions You may be able to get an extension of time to file your return and pay your tax. State tax filing forms Automatic 2-month extension. State tax filing forms   You can get an automatic 2-month extension (to June 15, for a calendar year return) to file your return and pay your tax if you are a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen or resident and, on the regular due date of your return, you are living outside the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States and Puerto Rico. State tax filing forms To get this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining how you qualified. State tax filing forms You will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return. State tax filing forms Married taxpayers. State tax filing forms   If you file a joint return, either you or your spouse can qualify for the automatic extension. State tax filing forms If you and your spouse file separate returns, the extension applies only to the spouse who qualifies. State tax filing forms Additional extension. State tax filing forms   You can apply for an additional extension of time to file your return by filing Form 4868. State tax filing forms You must file Form 4868 by the due date for your income tax return. State tax filing forms   Generally, you must file it by April 15. State tax filing forms However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, you generally must file Form 4868 by June 15. State tax filing forms Check the box on line 8 of Form 4868. State tax filing forms Payment of tax. State tax filing forms   You should estimate and pay any additional tax you owe when you file Form 4868 to avoid being charged a late-payment penalty. State tax filing forms The late-payment penalty applies if, through withholding, etc. State tax filing forms , you paid less than 90% of your actual tax liability by the original due date of your income tax return. State tax filing forms Even if the late-payment penalty does not apply, you will be charged interest on any unpaid tax liability from the original due date of the return until the tax is paid. State tax filing forms Electronic filing. State tax filing forms   You can file for the additional extension by phone, using your home computer, or through a tax professional. State tax filing forms See Form 4868 for more information. State tax filing forms Limit on additional extensions. State tax filing forms   You generally cannot get a total extension of more than 6 months. State tax filing forms However, if you are outside the United States and meet certain tests, you may be able to get a longer extension. State tax filing forms   For more information, see Publication 54. State tax filing forms Foreign Bank Accounts You must file Form TD F 90-22. State tax filing forms 1 if at any time during the year you had an interest in, or signature or other authority over, a bank account, securities account, or other financial account in a foreign country. State tax filing forms This applies if the combined assets in the account(s) were more than $10,000. State tax filing forms Do not include accounts in a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms military banking facility operated by a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms financial institution. State tax filing forms File the completed form by June 30 of the following year with the Department of the Treasury at the address shown on that form. State tax filing forms Do not attach it to Form 1040. State tax filing forms If you are required to file Form TD F 90-22. State tax filing forms 1 but do not do so, you may have to pay a penalty of up to $10,000 (more if the failure to file is willful). State tax filing forms You also may be required to file Form 8938 with your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms income tax return to report your interest in foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial assets. State tax filing forms For taxpayers living abroad, you generally do not have to file Form 8938 unless the total value of your specified foreign financial assets is more than $200,000 ($400,000 if married filing jointly) on the last day of the tax year or more than $300,000 ($600,000 if married filing jointly) at any time during the tax year. State tax filing forms For more information, see Form 8938 and its instructions. State tax filing forms U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government Payments Wages earned for performing services outside the United States is foreign income, regardless of your employer. State tax filing forms If you are a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen or resident alien, you must report all income from worldwide sources on your tax return unless it is exempt by U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms law. State tax filing forms This applies to earned income (such as wages) as well as unearned income (such as interest, dividends, and capital gains). State tax filing forms If you are a nonresident alien, your income from sources outside the United States is not subject to U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms tax. State tax filing forms Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Employees of the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government are not entitled to the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction under section 911 because “foreign earned income ”does not include amounts paid by the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government as an employee. State tax filing forms But see Other Employment, later. State tax filing forms Special Situations In the following two situations, your pay is from the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government and does not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. State tax filing forms U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms agency reimbursed by foreign country. State tax filing forms   If you are a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government employee paid by a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government and does not qualify the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. State tax filing forms This is true even if the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms agency is reimbursed by the foreign government. State tax filing forms Employees of post exchanges, etc. State tax filing forms   If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, Embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government. State tax filing forms This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds. State tax filing forms These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion/deduction. State tax filing forms Tax Treaty Benefits Most income tax treaties contain an article relating to remuneration from government services. State tax filing forms Even if you are working in a foreign country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in force and the treaty article that applies to government services says that your government pay is taxable only in the foreign country, the treaty will likely contain a “saving clause”, which provides that the United States may tax its citizens and its residents as if the treaty had not come into effect. State tax filing forms In some treaties, the government service article is an exception to the saving clause, but often only for individuals who are not U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizens or green card holders. State tax filing forms Consequently, if you are a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen or green card holder, you will generally not be entitled to reduce your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms tax on your government pay. State tax filing forms If you are neither a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen nor green card holder, and you are treated as a resident of the treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule), then you may be entitled to benefits under the government service article. State tax filing forms Review the treaty text carefully. State tax filing forms U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizens must always file Form 1040. State tax filing forms Non-U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizens who are treated as a resident of a treaty country under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule) may file Form 1040NR and attach Form 8833. State tax filing forms If you pay or accrue taxes to the foreign country on your pay, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. State tax filing forms Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. State tax filing forms Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizens who are residents of a treaty country. State tax filing forms For more information on the mechanics of the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, later. State tax filing forms Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay Most payments received by U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. State tax filing forms However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. State tax filing forms The following discussions explain the tax treatment of allowances, differentials, and other special pay you receive for employment abroad. State tax filing forms Pay differentials. State tax filing forms   Pay differentials you receive as financial incentives for employment abroad are taxable. State tax filing forms Your employer should have included these differentials as wages on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. State tax filing forms   Generally, pay differentials are given for employment under adverse conditions (such as severe climate) or because the post of duty is located in a hazardous or isolated area that may be outside the United States. State tax filing forms The area does not have to be a qualified hazardous duty area as discussed in Publication 3. State tax filing forms Pay differentials include: Post differentials, Special incentive differentials, and Danger pay. State tax filing forms Foreign areas allowances. State tax filing forms   Certain foreign areas allowances are tax free. State tax filing forms Your employer should not have included these allowances as wages on your Form W-2. State tax filing forms   Tax-free foreign areas allowances are allowances (other than post differentials) received under the following laws. State tax filing forms Title I, chapter 9, of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. State tax filing forms Section 4 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended. State tax filing forms Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act. State tax filing forms Subsection (e) or (f) of the first section of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946, as amended, or section 22 of that Act. State tax filing forms These allowances cover such expenses as: Certain repairs to a leased home, Education of dependents in special situations, Motor vehicle shipment, Separate maintenance for dependents, Temporary quarters, Transportation for medical treatment, and Travel, moving, and storage. State tax filing forms Allowances received by foreign service employees for representation expenses are also tax free under the above provisions. State tax filing forms Cost-of-living allowances. State tax filing forms   If you are stationed outside the continental United States or in Alaska, your gross income does not include cost-of-living allowances (other than amounts received under Title II of the Overseas Differentials and Allowances Act) granted by regulations approved by the President of the United States. State tax filing forms The cost-of-living portion of any other allowance (for example, a living and quarters allowance) is not included even if the underlying allowance is included in gross income. State tax filing forms Cost-of-living allowances are not included on your Form W-2. State tax filing forms Federal court employees. State tax filing forms   If you are a federal court employee, the preceding paragraph also applies to you. State tax filing forms The cost-of-living allowance must be granted by rules similar to regulations approved by the President. State tax filing forms American Institute in Taiwan. State tax filing forms   If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms tax if they are equivalent to tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government. State tax filing forms Federal reemployment payments after serving with an international organization. State tax filing forms   If you are a federal employee who is reemployed by a federal agency after serving with an international organization, you must include in income any reemployment payments you receive. State tax filing forms These payments are equal to the difference between the pay, allowances, post differential, and other monetary benefits paid by the international organization and the pay and other benefits that would have been paid by the federal agency had you been detailed to the international agency. State tax filing forms Allowances or reimbursements for travel and transportation expenses. State tax filing forms   See How To Report Business Expenses, later, for a discussion on whether a reimbursement or allowance for travel or transportation is included in your income. State tax filing forms Lodging furnished to a principal representative of the United States. State tax filing forms   If you are a principal representative of the United States stationed in a foreign country, you do not have to include in income the value of lodging (including utilities) provided to you as an official residence. State tax filing forms However, amounts paid by the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms government for your usual costs of operating and maintaining your household are taxable. State tax filing forms If amounts are withheld from your pay to cover these expenses, you cannot exclude or deduct those amounts from your income. State tax filing forms Peace Corps. State tax filing forms   If you are a Peace Corps volunteer or volunteer leader, some allowances you receive are taxable and others are not. State tax filing forms Taxable allowances. State tax filing forms   The following allowances must be included on your Form W-2 and reported on your return as wages. State tax filing forms If you are a volunteer leader, allowances paid to your spouse and minor children while you are training in the United States. State tax filing forms The part of living allowances designated by the Director of the Peace Corps as basic compensation. State tax filing forms This is the part for personal items such as domestic help, laundry and clothing maintenance, entertainment and recreation, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. State tax filing forms Leave allowances. State tax filing forms Readjustment allowances or “termination payments. State tax filing forms ” Taxable allowances are considered received by you when credited to your account. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms Gary Carpenter, a Peace Corps volunteer, gets $175 a month during his period of service, to be paid to him in a lump sum at the end of his tour of duty. State tax filing forms Although the allowance is not available to him until the end of his service, Gary must include it in his income on a monthly basis as it is credited to his account. State tax filing forms Nontaxable allowances. State tax filing forms   These generally include travel allowances and the part of living allowances for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and household supplies. State tax filing forms These allowances should not be included on your Form W-2. State tax filing forms These allowances are tax free whether paid by the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government or the foreign country in which you are stationed. State tax filing forms Other Income Other employment. State tax filing forms   If, in addition to your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms government pay, you receive income from a private employer or self-employment, you may qualify to claim the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing exclusion and deduction under section 911 based on this other income provided you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. State tax filing forms In addition, if your spouse is a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen or resident alien who earns income in a foreign country that is paid by a private employer or is from self-employment, he or she may also qualify for the exclusion or the deduction. State tax filing forms For more information, see Publication 54. State tax filing forms The tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services generally apply to income from private employment. State tax filing forms As discussed above, the saving clause applies to you if you are a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizen or if you are a resident of the United States under the treaty residence article (after application of the so-called “tie-breaker” rule). State tax filing forms Sale of personal property. State tax filing forms   If you have a gain from the sale of your personal property (such as an automobile or a home appliance), whether directly or through a favorable exchange rate in converting the proceeds to U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms dollars, the excess of the amount received in U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms dollars over the cost or other basis of the property is a capital gain. State tax filing forms Capital gains are reported on Schedule D (Form 1040), Capital Gains and Losses. State tax filing forms However, losses from sales of your personal property, whether directly or through an unfavorable exchange rate, are not deductible. State tax filing forms Sale of your home. State tax filing forms   All or part of the gain on the sale of your main home, within or outside the United States, may be taxable. State tax filing forms Losses are not deductible. State tax filing forms   You may be able to exclude from income any gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return). State tax filing forms Generally, you must have owned and used the home as your main residence for two of the five years preceding the date of sale. State tax filing forms   You can choose to have the 5-year test period for ownership and use suspended during any period you or your spouse is serving on qualified official extended duty as a member of the Foreign Service of the United States, as an employee of the intelligence community, or as an employee or volunteer of the Peace Corps. State tax filing forms   For detailed information on selling your home, see Publication 523. State tax filing forms Deductions and Credits — Business Expenses You may deduct certain expenses such as travel expenses, transportation expenses, and other expenses connected to your employment. State tax filing forms Travel Expenses Subject to certain limits, you can deduct your unreimbursed ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home in connection with the performance of your official duties. State tax filing forms These expenses include such items as travel costs, meals, lodging, baggage charges, local transportation costs (such as taxi fares), tips, and dry cleaning and laundry fees. State tax filing forms Your home for tax purposes (tax home) is your regular post of duty regardless of where you maintain your family home. State tax filing forms Your tax home is not limited to the Embassy, consulate, or duty station. State tax filing forms It includes the entire city or general area in which your principal place of employment is located. State tax filing forms Traveling away from home. State tax filing forms   You are traveling away from home if you meet both of the following requirements. State tax filing forms Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home substantially longer than an ordinary day's work. State tax filing forms You need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. State tax filing forms This requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. State tax filing forms You do not have to be away from your tax home for a whole day or from dusk to dawn as long as your relief from duty is long enough to get necessary sleep or rest. State tax filing forms Temporary assignment. State tax filing forms   If your assignment or job away from your tax home is temporary, your tax home does not change. State tax filing forms You are considered to be away from home for the whole period, and your travel expenses are deductible. State tax filing forms Generally, a temporary assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for one year or less. State tax filing forms   However, if your assignment or job is indefinite, the location of the assignment or job becomes your new tax home and you cannot deduct your travel expenses while there. State tax filing forms An assignment or job in a single location is considered indefinite if it is realistically expected to last for more than one year, whether or not it actually lasts for more than one year. State tax filing forms   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. State tax filing forms If you expect employment to last for one year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise. State tax filing forms Employment that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. State tax filing forms A series of assignments to the same location, all for short periods but that together cover a long period, may be considered an indefinite assignment. State tax filing forms Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. State tax filing forms   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than one year. State tax filing forms This exception to the one-year rule applies if the Attorney General certifies that you are traveling for the federal government in a temporary duty status to prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of, a federal crime. State tax filing forms Limit on meals and entertainment. State tax filing forms   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of your unreimbursed business-related meals and entertainment. State tax filing forms However, the limit does not apply to expenses reimbursed under a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government expense allowance arrangement. State tax filing forms Individuals subject to hours of service limits. State tax filing forms   You can deduct 80% of your unreimbursed business-related meal expenses if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's hours of service limits. State tax filing forms   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following. State tax filing forms Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. State tax filing forms Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. State tax filing forms Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. State tax filing forms Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. State tax filing forms Primary purpose of trip must be for business. State tax filing forms   If your trip was entirely for business, your unreimbursed travel expenses are generally deductible. State tax filing forms However, if you spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, part of your expenses may not be deductible. State tax filing forms   If your trip was mainly personal, you cannot deduct your travel expenses to and from your destination. State tax filing forms This applies even if you engage in business activities while there. State tax filing forms However, you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that are directly related to your business. State tax filing forms Expenses paid for others. State tax filing forms   You generally cannot deduct travel expenses of your spouse, dependents, or other individuals who go with you on a trip. State tax filing forms Home leave. State tax filing forms   The Foreign Service Act requires U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizens who are members of the foreign service to take a leave of absence after completing 3 years of continuous service abroad. State tax filing forms This period is called “home leave” and can be used to take care of certain personal matters such as medical and dental checkups, buying a new wardrobe, and visiting relatives. State tax filing forms   The amounts paid for your travel, meals, and lodging while on home leave are deductible as travel or business expenses subject to the rules and limits discussed earlier. State tax filing forms You must be able to verify these amounts in order to claim them. State tax filing forms Amounts paid on behalf of your family while on home leave are personal living expenses and are not deductible. State tax filing forms More information. State tax filing forms   See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for more information on travel expenses. State tax filing forms Transportation Expenses You can deduct allowable transportation expenses that are directly related to your official duties. State tax filing forms Transportation expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, or taxi, and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. State tax filing forms They do not include expenses you have when traveling away from home overnight. State tax filing forms Those expenses are deductible as travel expenses and are discussed earlier. State tax filing forms Commuting. State tax filing forms   You cannot deduct your transportation costs of going between your home and your regular business location. State tax filing forms These costs are personal commuting expenses. State tax filing forms   If you have one or more regular business locations but must work at a temporary location, you can deduct the costs of commuting to that temporary place of work. State tax filing forms   If you work at two or more places in the same day, you can deduct your expenses of getting from one place of work to the other. State tax filing forms More information. State tax filing forms   For more information on transportation expenses, see chapter 4 of Publication 463. State tax filing forms Other Employee Business Expenses You may be able to deduct other unreimbursed expenses that are connected with your employment. State tax filing forms Membership dues. State tax filing forms   You can deduct membership dues you pay to professional societies that relate to your business or profession. State tax filing forms Subscriptions. State tax filing forms   You can deduct subscriptions to professional publications that relate to your business or profession. State tax filing forms Educational expenses. State tax filing forms   Generally, educational expenses are considered to be personal expenses and are not deductible. State tax filing forms However, under some circumstances, educational expenses are deductible as business expenses. State tax filing forms   You can deduct educational expenses as business expenses if the education: Maintains or improves skills needed in your present position, or Meets the express requirements of your agency to keep your present position, salary, or status. State tax filing forms   You cannot deduct educational expenses as business expenses if the education: Is needed to enable you to meet minimum educational requirements for qualification in your present position, Is a part of a program of study that can qualify you for a new position, or Is for travel as a form of education. State tax filing forms These rules apply even if the education is required by your agency or it maintains or improves skills required in your work. State tax filing forms   See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on educational expenses. State tax filing forms    Educational expenses that are not work related, such as costs of sending children to college, are personal expenses that you cannot deduct. State tax filing forms However, you may be eligible for other tax benefits such as the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits; contributions to a Coverdell education savings account or qualified tuition program; deduction for student loan interest; and exclusion from income of certain savings bond interest. State tax filing forms These benefits are explained in Publication 970. State tax filing forms Foreign service representation expenses. State tax filing forms   If you are an employee of the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Foreign Service and your position requires you to establish and maintain favorable relations in foreign countries, you may receive a nontaxable allowance for representation expenses. State tax filing forms If your expenses are more than the allowance you receive, you can deduct the excess expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you meet one of the following conditions. State tax filing forms You have a certificate from the Secretary of State attesting that the expenses were incurred for the benefit of the United States, and would be reimbursable under appropriate legislation if the agency had sufficient funds for these reimbursements. State tax filing forms The expenses, while specifically not reimbursable under State Department regulations, were ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of your official duties. State tax filing forms    To deduct any expenses for travel, entertainment, and gifts, including those certified by the Secretary of State, you must meet the rules for recordkeeping and accounting to your employer. State tax filing forms These rules are explained in Publication 463. State tax filing forms Representation expenses. State tax filing forms   These are expenses that further the interest of the United States abroad. State tax filing forms They include certain entertainment, gifts, costs of official functions, and rental of ceremonial dress. State tax filing forms They generally do not include costs of passenger vehicles (such as cars or aircraft), printing or engraving, membership fees, or amounts a principal representative must pay personally to cover the usual costs of operating and maintaining an official residence. State tax filing forms   Chapters 300 and 400 of the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Area) provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as representation expenses. State tax filing forms These regulations are available on the Internet at www. State tax filing forms state. State tax filing forms gov/m/a/als. State tax filing forms Look under “Standardized Regulations (DSSR)” and click on “DSSR Table of Contents. State tax filing forms ” Publication 463 and Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, provide more detail on what expenses are allowable as ordinary and necessary business expenses. State tax filing forms Impairment-related work expenses. State tax filing forms   If you are an employee with a physical or mental disability, you can deduct attendant-care services at your place of work and other expenses in connection with work that are necessary for you to be able to work. State tax filing forms Attendant care includes a reader for a blind person and a helper for a person with a physical disability. State tax filing forms These expenses are reported on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carried to Schedule A (Form 1040). State tax filing forms They are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted- gross-income limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. State tax filing forms Loss on conversion of U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms dollars into foreign currency. State tax filing forms   The conversion of U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms dollars into foreign currency at an official rate of exchange that is not as favorable as the free market rate does not result in a deductible loss. State tax filing forms Recordkeeping Rules If you claim a deduction for unreimbursed business expenses, you must keep timely and adequate records of all your business expenses. State tax filing forms For example, you must keep records and supporting evidence to prove the following elements about deductions for travel expenses (including meals and lodging while away from home). State tax filing forms The amount of each separate expense for travel away from home, such as the cost of your transportation, lodging, or meals. State tax filing forms You may total your incidental expenses if you list them in reasonable categories such as daily meals, gasoline and oil, and taxi fares. State tax filing forms For each trip away from home, the dates you left and returned and the number of days spent on business. State tax filing forms The destination or area of your travel, described by the name of the city, town, or similar designation. State tax filing forms The business reason for your travel or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained from your travel. State tax filing forms How to record your expenses. State tax filing forms   Records for proof of your expenses should be kept in an account book, diary, statement of expense, or similar record. State tax filing forms They should be supported by other records, such as receipts or canceled checks, in sufficient detail to establish the elements for these expenses. State tax filing forms You do not need to duplicate information in an account book or diary that is shown on a receipt as long as your records and receipts complement each other in an orderly manner. State tax filing forms   Each expense should be recorded separately in your records. State tax filing forms However, some items can be totaled in reasonable categories. State tax filing forms You can make one daily entry for categories such as taxi fares, telephone calls, meals while away from home, gas and oil, and other incidental costs of travel. State tax filing forms You may record tips separately or with the cost of the service. State tax filing forms    Documentary evidence generally is required to support all lodging expenses while traveling away from home. State tax filing forms It is also required for any other expense of $75 or more, except transportation charges if the evidence is not readily available. State tax filing forms Documentary evidence is a receipt, paid bill, or similar proof sufficient to support an expense. State tax filing forms It ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential business character of the expense. State tax filing forms    A canceled check by itself does not prove a business cost. State tax filing forms You must have other evidence to show that the check was used for a business purpose. State tax filing forms Your records must be timely. State tax filing forms   Record the elements for the expense in your account book or other record at or near the time of the expense. State tax filing forms A timely-kept record has more value than statements prepared later when, generally, there is a lack of accurate recall. State tax filing forms Confidential information. State tax filing forms   You do not need to put confidential information relating to an element of a deductible expense (such as the place, business purpose, or business relationship) in your account book, diary, or other record. State tax filing forms However, you do have to record the information elsewhere at or near the time of the expense and have it available to fully prove that element of the expense. State tax filing forms How To Report Business Expenses As a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government employee, your business expense reimbursements are generally paid under an accountable plan and are not included in your wages on your Form W-2. State tax filing forms If your expenses are not more than the reimbursements, you do not need to show your expenses or reimbursements on your return. State tax filing forms However, if you do not account to your employer for a travel advance or if you do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the advance (or excess) will be included in your wages on your Form W-2. State tax filing forms If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot deduct the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. State tax filing forms Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. State tax filing forms   You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your expenses. State tax filing forms Also, if your actual expenses are more than your reimbursements, you can complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ to deduct your excess expenses. State tax filing forms Generally, you must include all of your expenses and reimbursements on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and carry your allowable expense to Schedule A (Form 1040). State tax filing forms Your allowable expense is then generally subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. State tax filing forms Form 2106-EZ. State tax filing forms   You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ instead of the more complex Form 2106 for reporting unreimbursed employee business expenses. State tax filing forms You can use Form 2106-EZ if you meet both of the following conditions. State tax filing forms You are not reimbursed by your employer for any expenses. State tax filing forms (Amounts your employer included in your wages on your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements. State tax filing forms ) If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. State tax filing forms Deductions and Credits — Nonbusiness Expenses In addition to deductible business expenses, you may be entitled to deduct certain other expenses. State tax filing forms Moving Expenses If you changed job locations or started a new job, you may be able to deduct the reasonable expenses of moving yourself, your family, and your household goods and personal effects to your new home. State tax filing forms However, you cannot deduct any expenses for which you received a tax-free allowance as a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government employee. State tax filing forms To deduct moving expenses, your move must be closely related to the start of work and you must meet the distance test and the time test. State tax filing forms Closely related to the start of work. State tax filing forms   The move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at the new location. State tax filing forms In general, you must have incurred your moving expenses within one year from the time you first report to your new job or business. State tax filing forms   A move generally is not considered closely related in place to the start of work if the distance from your new home to the new job location is more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. State tax filing forms A move that does not meet this requirement may qualify if you can show that you must live at the new home as a condition of employment, or you will spend less time or money commuting from the new home to the new job. State tax filing forms Distance test. State tax filing forms   Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was. State tax filing forms If you did not have an old job location, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your former home. State tax filing forms Time test. State tax filing forms   If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location. State tax filing forms Deductible moving expenses. State tax filing forms   Moving expenses that can be deducted include the reasonable costs of: Moving household goods and personal effects (including packing, crating, in-transit storage, and insurance) of both you and members of your household, and Transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household for one trip from your former home to your new home (including costs of getting passports). State tax filing forms    The cost of your meals is not a deductible moving expense. State tax filing forms   The costs of moving household goods include the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. State tax filing forms For a foreign move, the costs also include expenses of storing the goods and effects for part or all of the period that your new job location abroad continues to be your main job location. State tax filing forms Expenses must be reasonable. State tax filing forms   You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. State tax filing forms For example, the costs of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation. State tax filing forms Members of your household. State tax filing forms   A member of your household includes anyone who has both your former home and new home as his or her home. State tax filing forms It does not include a tenant or employee unless you can claim that person as a dependent. State tax filing forms Retirees. State tax filing forms   You can deduct the costs of moving to the United States when you permanently retire if both your former main job location and former home were outside the United States and its possessions. State tax filing forms You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. State tax filing forms Survivors. State tax filing forms   You can deduct moving expenses for a move to the United States if you are the spouse or dependent of a person whose main job location at the time of death was outside the United States and its possessions. State tax filing forms The move must begin within 6 months after the decedent's death. State tax filing forms It must be from the decedent's former home outside the United States, and that home must also have been your home. State tax filing forms You do not have to meet the time test described earlier. State tax filing forms How to report moving expenses. State tax filing forms   Use Form 3903 to report your moving expenses and figure your allowable deduction. State tax filing forms Claim the deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040. State tax filing forms (You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ. State tax filing forms ) Reimbursements. State tax filing forms   Generally, you must include reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses in gross income for the year paid. State tax filing forms You also must include in gross income reimbursements paid to you under a nonaccountable plan. State tax filing forms However, there is an exception for the tax-free foreign areas allowances described earlier under Allowances, Differentials, and Special Pay. State tax filing forms Additional information. State tax filing forms   For additional information about moving expenses, see Publication 521. State tax filing forms Other Itemized Deductions You may be able to claim other itemized deductions not connected to your employment. State tax filing forms Contributions. State tax filing forms   You can deduct contributions to qualified organizations created or organized in or under the laws of the United States or its possessions. State tax filing forms You cannot deduct contributions you make directly to foreign organizations (except for certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities), churches, and governments. State tax filing forms For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. State tax filing forms Real estate tax and home mortgage interest. State tax filing forms   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance, your itemized deductions for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest are limited. State tax filing forms You must reduce the amount of each deduction that would otherwise be allowable by the amount of each expense that is related to the tax-free allowance. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms Adam is an IRS employee working overseas who receives a $6,300 tax-free housing and utility allowance. State tax filing forms During the year, Adam used the allowance, with other funds, to provide a home for himself. State tax filing forms His expenses for this home totaled $8,400 and consisted of mortgage principal ($500), insurance ($400), real estate taxes ($1,400), mortgage interest ($4,000), and utility costs ($2,100). State tax filing forms Adam did not have any other expenses related to providing a home for himself. State tax filing forms Adam must reduce his deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. State tax filing forms He figures a reasonable way to reduce them is to multiply them by a fraction: its numerator is $6,300 (the total housing and utility allowance) and its denominator is $8,400 (the total of all payments to which the housing and utility allowance applies). State tax filing forms The result is 3/4. State tax filing forms Adam reduces his otherwise allowable home mortgage interest deduction by $3,000 (the $4,000 he paid ×3/4) and his otherwise allowable real estate tax deduction by $1,050 (the $1,400 he paid × 3/4). State tax filing forms He can deduct $1,000 of his mortgage interest ($4,000 − $3,000) and $350 of his real estate taxes ($1,400 − $1,050) when he itemizes his deductions. State tax filing forms Exception to the reduction. State tax filing forms   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance as a member of the military or the clergy, you do not have to reduce your deductions for real estate tax and home mortgage interest expenses you are otherwise entitled to deduct. State tax filing forms Required statement. State tax filing forms   If you receive a tax-free housing allowance and have real estate tax or home mortgage interest expenses, attach a statement to your tax return. State tax filing forms The statement must contain all of the following information. State tax filing forms The amount of each type of tax-free income you received, such as a tax-free housing allowance or tax-free representation allowance. State tax filing forms The amount of otherwise deductible expenses attributable to each type of tax-free income. State tax filing forms The amount attributable to each type of tax-free income that was not directly attributable to that type of tax-free income. State tax filing forms An explanation of how you determined the amounts not directly attributable to each type of tax-free income. State tax filing forms   The statement must also indicate that none of the amounts deducted on your return are in any way attributable to tax-free income. State tax filing forms Foreign Taxes If you pay or accrue taxes to a foreign government, you generally can choose to either claim them as a credit against your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms income tax liability or deduct them as an itemized deduction when figuring your taxable income. State tax filing forms Do not include the foreign taxes paid or accrued as withheld income taxes in the Payments section of Form 1040. State tax filing forms Foreign tax credit. State tax filing forms   Your foreign tax credit is subject to a limit based on your taxable income from foreign sources. State tax filing forms If you choose to figure a credit against your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms tax liability for the foreign taxes, you generally must complete Form 1116 and attach it to your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms income tax return. State tax filing forms    You cannot claim a credit for foreign taxes paid on amounts excluded from gross income under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. State tax filing forms If all your foreign income is exempt from U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms tax, you will not be able to claim a foreign tax credit. State tax filing forms   If, because of the limit on the credit, you cannot use the full amount of qualified foreign taxes paid or accrued in the tax year, you are allowed to carry the excess back 1 year and then forward 10 years. State tax filing forms Exemption from limit. State tax filing forms   You can elect to not be subject to the foreign tax limit if you meet all the following conditions. State tax filing forms Your only foreign income is passive income, such as interest, dividends, and royalties. State tax filing forms The total of all your foreign taxes is not more than $300 ($600 for joint tax returns). State tax filing forms The foreign income and taxes are reported to you on a payee statement, such as Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, or 1099-INT, Interest Income. State tax filing forms If you make the election, you can claim a foreign tax credit without filing Form 1116. State tax filing forms However, you cannot carry back or carry over any unused foreign tax to or from this year. State tax filing forms See the instructions for the appropriate line in the Tax and Credits section of Form 1040. State tax filing forms Foreign tax deduction. State tax filing forms   If you choose to deduct all foreign income taxes on your U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms income tax return, itemize the deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). State tax filing forms You cannot deduct foreign taxes paid on income you exclude under the foreign earned income or housing exclusions. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms Dennis and Christina are married and live and work in Country X. State tax filing forms Dennis works for the U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government and Christina is employed by a private company. State tax filing forms They pay income tax to Country X on Christina's income only. State tax filing forms Dennis and Christina file a joint tax return and exclude all of Christina's income. State tax filing forms They cannot claim a foreign tax credit or take a deduction for the taxes paid to Country X. State tax filing forms Deduction for other foreign taxes. State tax filing forms   The deduction for foreign taxes other than foreign income taxes is not related to the foreign tax credit. State tax filing forms You can take deductions for these miscellaneous foreign taxes and also claim the foreign tax credit for income taxes paid to a foreign country. State tax filing forms   You can deduct real property taxes you pay that are imposed on you by a foreign country. State tax filing forms You take this deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). State tax filing forms You cannot deduct other foreign taxes, such as personal property taxes, unless you incurred the expenses in a trade or business or in the production of income. State tax filing forms More information. State tax filing forms   The foreign tax credit and deduction, their limits, and carryback and carryover provisions are discussed in detail in Publication 514. State tax filing forms Local (Foreign) Tax Return As a U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms Government employee, you are expected to observe and fulfill all tax obligations imposed by the host country government. 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State tax filing forms If you or your spouse receives income from a private employer or self-employment, review the tax treaty rules relating to income from personal services to determine whether that income is taxable in the host country. State tax filing forms If you pay or accrue taxes to both the host country and the United States, you may be able to relieve double taxation with a foreign tax credit. State tax filing forms Most income tax treaties contain an article providing relief from double taxation. State tax filing forms Many treaties contain special foreign tax credit rules for U. State tax filing forms S. State tax filing forms citizens who are residents of a treaty country. State tax filing forms For more information about the foreign tax credit, see Foreign Taxes, earlier. State tax filing forms Other Agreements The United States may be a party to agreements other than income tax treaties that may affect your tax obligations to the host country. 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State tax filing forms 2. State tax filing forms   Electing the Section 179 Deduction Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Property Qualifies?Eligible Property Property Acquired for Business Use Property Acquired by Purchase What Property Does Not Qualify?Land and Improvements Excepted Property How Much Can You Deduct?Dollar Limits Business Income Limit Partnerships and Partners S Corporations Other Corporations How Do You Elect the Deduction? When Must You Recapture the Deduction? Introduction You can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. State tax filing forms This is the section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms You can elect the section 179 deduction instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation deductions. State tax filing forms Estates and trusts cannot elect the section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms This chapter explains what property does and does not qualify for the section 179 deduction, what limits apply to the deduction (including special rules for partnerships and corporations), and how to elect it. State tax filing forms It also explains when and how to recapture the deduction. State tax filing forms Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 954 Tax Incentives for Distressed Communities Form (and Instructions) 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property See chapter 6 for information about getting publications and forms. State tax filing forms What Property Qualifies? To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must meet all the following requirements. State tax filing forms It must be eligible property. State tax filing forms It must be acquired for business use. State tax filing forms It must have been acquired by purchase. State tax filing forms It must not be property described later under What Property Does Not Qualify . State tax filing forms The following discussions provide information about these requirements and exceptions. State tax filing forms Eligible Property To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must be one of the following types of depreciable property. State tax filing forms Tangible personal property. State tax filing forms Other tangible property (except buildings and their structural components) used as: An integral part of manufacturing, production, or extraction or of furnishing transportation, communications, electricity, gas, water, or sewage disposal services, A research facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) above, or A facility used in connection with any of the activities in (a) for the bulk storage of fungible commodities. State tax filing forms Single purpose agricultural (livestock) or horticultural structures. State tax filing forms See chapter 7 of Publication 225 for definitions and information regarding the use requirements that apply to these structures. State tax filing forms Storage facilities (except buildings and their structural components) used in connection with distributing petroleum or any primary product of petroleum. State tax filing forms Off-the-shelf computer software. State tax filing forms Qualified real property (described below). State tax filing forms Tangible personal property. State tax filing forms   Tangible personal property is any tangible property that is not real property. State tax filing forms It includes the following property. State tax filing forms Machinery and equipment. State tax filing forms Property contained in or attached to a building (other than structural components), such as refrigerators, grocery store counters, office equipment, printing presses, testing equipment, and signs. State tax filing forms Gasoline storage tanks and pumps at retail service stations. State tax filing forms Livestock, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and mink and other furbearing animals. State tax filing forms   The treatment of property as tangible personal property for the section 179 deduction is not controlled by its treatment under local law. State tax filing forms For example, property may not be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated so under local law, and some property (such as fixtures) may be tangible personal property for the deduction even if treated as real property under local law. State tax filing forms Off-the-shelf computer software. State tax filing forms   Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms This is computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. State tax filing forms It includes any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. State tax filing forms However, a database or similar item is not considered computer software unless it is in the public domain and is incidental to the operation of otherwise qualifying software. State tax filing forms Qualified real property. State tax filing forms   You can elect to treat certain qualified real property you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. State tax filing forms If this election is made, the term “section 179 property” will include any qualified real property that is: Qualified leasehold improvement property, Qualified restaurant property, or Qualified retail improvement property. State tax filing forms The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be elected for qualified section 179 real property is $250,000 of the maximum section 179 deduction of $500,000 in 2013. State tax filing forms For more information, see Special rules for qualified section 179 real property, later. State tax filing forms Also, see Election for certain qualified section 179 real property, later, for information on how to make this election. State tax filing forms Qualified leasehold improvement property. State tax filing forms   Generally, this is any improvement to an interior part of a building (placed in service before January 1, 2014) that is nonresidential real property, provided all of the requirements discussed in chapter 3 under Qualified leasehold improvement property are met. State tax filing forms   In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified leasehold improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. State tax filing forms A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. State tax filing forms Examples include the following. State tax filing forms A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. State tax filing forms A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. State tax filing forms An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. State tax filing forms Qualified restaurant property. State tax filing forms   Qualified restaurant property is any section 1250 property that is a building or an improvement to a building placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014. State tax filing forms Also, more than 50% of the building’s square footage must be devoted to preparation of meals and seating for on-premise consumption of prepared meals. State tax filing forms Qualified retail improvement property. State tax filing forms   Generally, this is any improvement (placed in service after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2014) to an interior portion of nonresidential real property if it meets the following requirements. State tax filing forms The portion is open to the general public and is used in the retail trade or business of selling tangible property to the general public. State tax filing forms The improvement is placed in service more than 3 years after the date the building was first placed in service. State tax filing forms The expenses are not for the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural components benefiting a common area, or the internal structural framework of the building. State tax filing forms In addition, an improvement made by the lessor does not qualify as qualified retail improvement property to any subsequent owner unless it is acquired from the original lessor by reason of the lessor’s death or in any of the following types of transactions. State tax filing forms A transaction to which section 381(a) applies, A mere change in the form of conducting the trade or business so long as the property is retained in the trade or business as qualified leasehold improvement property and the taxpayer retains a substantial interest in the trade or business, A like-kind exchange, involuntary conversion, or re-acquisition of real property to the extent that the basis in the property represents the carryover basis, or Certain nonrecognition transactions to the extent that your basis in the property is determined by reference to the transferor’s or distributor’s basis in the property. State tax filing forms Examples include the following. State tax filing forms A complete liquidation of a subsidiary. State tax filing forms A transfer to a corporation controlled by the transferor. State tax filing forms An exchange of property by a corporation solely for stock or securities in another corporation in a reorganization. State tax filing forms Property Acquired for Business Use To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired for use in your trade or business. State tax filing forms Property you acquire only for the production of income, such as investment property, rental property (if renting property is not your trade or business), and property that produces royalties, does not qualify. State tax filing forms Partial business use. State tax filing forms   When you use property for both business and nonbusiness purposes, you can elect the section 179 deduction only if you use the property more than 50% for business in the year you place it in service. State tax filing forms If you use the property more than 50% for business, multiply the cost of the property by the percentage of business use. State tax filing forms Use the resulting business cost to figure your section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms May Oak bought and placed in service an item of section 179 property costing $11,000. State tax filing forms She used the property 80% for her business and 20% for personal purposes. State tax filing forms The business part of the cost of the property is $8,800 (80% × $11,000). State tax filing forms Property Acquired by Purchase To qualify for the section 179 deduction, your property must have been acquired by purchase. State tax filing forms For example, property acquired by gift or inheritance does not qualify. State tax filing forms Property is not considered acquired by purchase in the following situations. State tax filing forms It is acquired by one component member of a controlled group from another component member of the same group. State tax filing forms Its basis is determined either— In whole or in part by its adjusted basis in the hands of the person from whom it was acquired, or Under the stepped-up basis rules for property acquired from a decedent. State tax filing forms It is acquired from a related person. State tax filing forms Related persons. State tax filing forms   Related persons are described under Related persons earlier. State tax filing forms However, to determine whether property qualifies for the section 179 deduction, treat as an individual's family only his or her spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants and substitute "50%" for "10%" each place it appears. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms Ken Larch is a tailor. State tax filing forms He bought two industrial sewing machines from his father. State tax filing forms He placed both machines in service in the same year he bought them. State tax filing forms They do not qualify as section 179 property because Ken and his father are related persons. State tax filing forms He cannot claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of these machines. State tax filing forms What Property Does Not Qualify? Certain property does not qualify for the section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms This includes the following. State tax filing forms Land and Improvements Land and land improvements do not qualify as section 179 property. State tax filing forms Land improvements include swimming pools, paved parking areas, wharves, docks, bridges, and fences. State tax filing forms Excepted Property Even if the requirements explained earlier under What Property Qualifies are met, you cannot elect the section 179 deduction for the following property. State tax filing forms Certain property you lease to others (if you are a noncorporate lessor). State tax filing forms Certain property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. State tax filing forms Air conditioning or heating units. State tax filing forms Property used predominantly outside the United States, except property described in section 168(g)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. State tax filing forms Property used by certain tax-exempt organizations, except property used in connection with the production of income subject to the tax on unrelated trade or business income. State tax filing forms Property used by governmental units or foreign persons or entities, except property used under a lease with a term of less than 6 months. State tax filing forms Leased property. State tax filing forms   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction based on the cost of property you lease to someone else. State tax filing forms This rule does not apply to corporations. State tax filing forms However, you can claim a section 179 deduction for the cost of the following property. State tax filing forms Property you manufacture or produce and lease to others. State tax filing forms Property you purchase and lease to others if both the following tests are met. State tax filing forms The term of the lease (including options to renew) is less than 50% of the property's class life. State tax filing forms For the first 12 months after the property is transferred to the lessee, the total business deductions you are allowed on the property (other than rents and reimbursed amounts) are more than 15% of the rental income from the property. State tax filing forms Property used for lodging. State tax filing forms   Generally, you cannot claim a section 179 deduction for property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with the furnishing of lodging. State tax filing forms However, this does not apply to the following types of property. State tax filing forms Nonlodging commercial facilities that are available to those not using the lodging facilities on the same basis as they are available to those using the lodging facilities. State tax filing forms Property used by a hotel or motel in connection with the trade or business of furnishing lodging where the predominant portion of the accommodations is used by transients. State tax filing forms Any certified historic structure to the extent its basis is due to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. State tax filing forms Any energy property. State tax filing forms Energy property. State tax filing forms   Energy property is property that meets the following requirements. State tax filing forms It is one of the following types of property. State tax filing forms Equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool a structure, to provide hot water for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat, except for equipment used to generate energy to heat a swimming pool. State tax filing forms Equipment placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017, that uses solar energy to illuminate the inside of a structure using fiber-optic distributed sunlight. State tax filing forms Equipment used to produce, distribute, or use energy derived from a geothermal deposit. State tax filing forms For electricity generated by geothermal power, this includes equipment up to (but not including) the electrical transmission stage. State tax filing forms Qualified fuel cell property or qualified microturbine property placed in service after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2017. State tax filing forms The construction, reconstruction, or erection of the property must be completed by you. State tax filing forms For property you acquire, the original use of the property must begin with you. State tax filing forms The property must meet the performance and quality standards, if any, prescribed by Income Tax Regulations in effect at the time you get the property. State tax filing forms   For periods before February 14, 2008, energy property does not include any property that is public utility property as defined by section 46(f)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (as in effect on November 4, 1990). State tax filing forms How Much Can You Deduct? Your section 179 deduction is generally the cost of the qualifying property. State tax filing forms However, the total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 is subject to a dollar limit and a business income limit. State tax filing forms These limits apply to each taxpayer, not to each business. State tax filing forms However, see Married Individuals under Dollar Limits , later. State tax filing forms For a passenger automobile, the total section 179 deduction and depreciation deduction are limited. State tax filing forms See Do the Passenger Automobile Limits Apply in chapter 5 . State tax filing forms If you deduct only part of the cost of qualifying property as a section 179 deduction, you can generally depreciate the cost you do not deduct. State tax filing forms Trade-in of other property. State tax filing forms   If you buy qualifying property with cash and a trade-in, its cost for purposes of the section 179 deduction includes only the cash you paid. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms Silver Leaf, a retail bakery, traded two ovens having a total adjusted basis of $680 for a new oven costing $1,320. State tax filing forms They received an $800 trade-in allowance for the old ovens and paid $520 in cash for the new oven. State tax filing forms The bakery also traded a used van with an adjusted basis of $4,500 for a new van costing $9,000. State tax filing forms They received a $4,800 trade-in allowance on the used van and paid $4,200 in cash for the new van. State tax filing forms Only the portion of the new property's basis paid by cash qualifies for the section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms Therefore, Silver Leaf's qualifying costs for the section 179 deduction are $4,720 ($520 + $4,200). State tax filing forms Dollar Limits The total amount you can elect to deduct under section 179 for most property placed in service in 2013 generally cannot be more than $500,000. State tax filing forms If you acquire and place in service more than one item of qualifying property during the year, you can allocate the section 179 deduction among the items in any way, as long as the total deduction is not more than $500,000. State tax filing forms You do not have to claim the full $500,000. State tax filing forms Qualified real property (described earlier) that you elected to treat as section 179 real property is limited to $250,000 of the maximum deduction of $500,000 for 2013. State tax filing forms The amount you can elect to deduct is not affected if you place qualifying property in service in a short tax year or if you place qualifying property in service for only a part of a 12-month tax year. State tax filing forms After you apply the dollar limit to determine a tentative deduction, you must apply the business income limit (described later) to determine your actual section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms In 2013, you bought and placed in service $500,000 in machinery and a $25,000 circular saw for your business. State tax filing forms You elect to deduct $475,000 for the machinery and the entire $25,000 for the saw, a total of $500,000. State tax filing forms This is the maximum amount you can deduct. State tax filing forms Your $25,000 deduction for the saw completely recovered its cost. State tax filing forms Your basis for depreciation is zero. State tax filing forms The basis for depreciation of your machinery is $25,000. State tax filing forms You figure this by subtracting your $475,000 section 179 deduction for the machinery from the $500,000 cost of the machinery. State tax filing forms Situations affecting dollar limit. State tax filing forms   Under certain circumstances, the general dollar limits on the section 179 deduction may be reduced or increased or there may be additional dollar limits. State tax filing forms The general dollar limit is affected by any of the following situations. State tax filing forms The cost of your section 179 property placed in service exceeds $2,000,000. State tax filing forms Your business is an enterprise zone business. State tax filing forms You placed in service a sport utility or certain other vehicles. State tax filing forms You are married filing a joint or separate return. State tax filing forms Costs exceeding $2,000,000 If the cost of your qualifying section 179 property placed in service in a year is more than $2,000,000, you generally must reduce the dollar limit (but not below zero) by the amount of cost over $2,000,000. State tax filing forms If the cost of your section 179 property placed in service during 2013 is $2,500,000 or more, you cannot take a section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms In 2013, Jane Ash placed in service machinery costing $2,100,000. State tax filing forms This cost is $100,000 more than $2,000,000, so she must reduce her dollar limit to $400,000 ($500,000 − $100,000). State tax filing forms Enterprise Zone Businesses An increased section 179 deduction is available to enterprise zone businesses for qualified zone property placed in service during the tax year, in an empowerment zone. State tax filing forms For more information including the definitions of “enterprise zone business” and “qualified zone property,” see sections 1397A, 1397C, and 1397D of the Internal Revenue Code. State tax filing forms The dollar limit on the section 179 deduction is increased by the smaller of: $35,000, or The cost of section 179 property that is also qualified zone property placed in service before January 1, 2014 (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). State tax filing forms Note. State tax filing forms   You take into account only 50% (instead of 100%) of the cost of qualified zone property placed in service in a year when figuring the reduced dollar limit for costs exceeding $2,000,000 (explained earlier). State tax filing forms Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. State tax filing forms This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. State tax filing forms However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver's seat, Equipped with a cargo area (either open or enclosed by a cap) of at least six feet in interior length that is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or That has an integral enclosure fully enclosing the driver compartment and load carrying device, does not have seating rearward of the driver's seat, and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield. State tax filing forms Married Individuals If you are married, how you figure your section 179 deduction depends on whether you file jointly or separately. State tax filing forms If you file a joint return, you and your spouse are treated as one taxpayer in determining any reduction to the dollar limit, regardless of which of you purchased the property or placed it in service. State tax filing forms If you and your spouse file separate returns, you are treated as one taxpayer for the dollar limit, including the reduction for costs over $2,000,000. State tax filing forms You must allocate the dollar limit (after any reduction) between you equally, unless you both elect a different allocation. State tax filing forms If the percentages elected by each of you do not total 100%, 50% will be allocated to each of you. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms Jack Elm is married. State tax filing forms He and his wife file separate returns. State tax filing forms Jack bought and placed in service $2,000,000 of qualified farm machinery in 2013. State tax filing forms His wife has her own business, and she bought and placed in service $30,000 of qualified business equipment. State tax filing forms Their combined dollar limit is $470,000. State tax filing forms This is because they must figure the limit as if they were one taxpayer. State tax filing forms They reduce the $500,000 dollar limit by the $30,000 excess of their costs over $2,000,000. State tax filing forms They elect to allocate the $470,000 dollar limit as follows. State tax filing forms $446,500 ($470,000 x 95%) to Mr. State tax filing forms Elm's machinery. State tax filing forms $23,500 ($470,000 x 5%) to Mrs. State tax filing forms Elm's equipment. State tax filing forms If they did not make an election to allocate their costs in this way, they would have to allocate $235,000 ($470,000 × 50%) to each of them. State tax filing forms Joint return after filing separate returns. State tax filing forms   If you and your spouse elect to amend your separate returns by filing a joint return after the due date for filing your return, the dollar limit on the joint return is the lesser of the following amounts. State tax filing forms The dollar limit (after reduction for any cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000). State tax filing forms The total cost of section 179 property you and your spouse elected to expense on your separate returns. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms The facts are the same as in the previous example except that Jack elected to deduct $30,000 of the cost of section 179 property on his separate return and his wife elected to deduct $2,000. State tax filing forms After the due date of their returns, they file a joint return. State tax filing forms Their dollar limit for the section 179 deduction is $32,000. State tax filing forms This is the lesser of the following amounts. State tax filing forms $470,000—The dollar limit less the cost of section 179 property over $2,000,000. State tax filing forms $32,000—The total they elected to expense on their separate returns. State tax filing forms Business Income Limit The total cost you can deduct each year after you apply the dollar limit is limited to the taxable income from the active conduct of any trade or business during the year. State tax filing forms Generally, you are considered to actively conduct a trade or business if you meaningfully participate in the management or operations of the trade or business. State tax filing forms Any cost not deductible in one year under section 179 because of this limit can be carried to the next year. State tax filing forms Special rules apply to a 2013 deduction of qualified section 179 real property that is disallowed because of the business income limit. State tax filing forms See Special rules for qualified section 179 property under Carryover of disallowed deduction, later. State tax filing forms Taxable income. State tax filing forms   In general, figure taxable income for this purpose by totaling the net income and losses from all trades and businesses you actively conducted during the year. State tax filing forms Net income or loss from a trade or business includes the following items. State tax filing forms Section 1231 gains (or losses). State tax filing forms Interest from working capital of your trade or business. State tax filing forms Wages, salaries, tips, or other pay earned as an employee. State tax filing forms For information about section 1231 gains and losses, see chapter 3 in Publication 544. State tax filing forms   In addition, figure taxable income without regard to any of the following. State tax filing forms The section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms The self-employment tax deduction. State tax filing forms Any net operating loss carryback or carryforward. State tax filing forms Any unreimbursed employee business expenses. State tax filing forms Two different taxable income limits. State tax filing forms   In addition to the business income limit for your section 179 deduction, you may have a taxable income limit for some other deduction. State tax filing forms You may have to figure the limit for this other deduction taking into account the section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms If so, complete the following steps. State tax filing forms Step Action 1 Figure taxable income without the section 179 deduction or the other deduction. State tax filing forms 2 Figure a hypothetical section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 1. State tax filing forms 3 Subtract the hypothetical section 179 deduction figured in Step 2 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. State tax filing forms 4 Figure a hypothetical amount for the other deduction using the amount figured in Step 3 as taxable income. State tax filing forms 5 Subtract the hypothetical other deduction figured in Step 4 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. State tax filing forms 6 Figure your actual section 179 deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 5. State tax filing forms 7 Subtract your actual section 179 deduction figured in Step 6 from the taxable income figured in Step 1. State tax filing forms 8 Figure your actual other deduction using the taxable income figured in Step 7. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms On February 1, 2013, the XYZ corporation purchased and placed in service qualifying section 179 property that cost $500,000. State tax filing forms It elects to expense the entire $500,000 cost under section 179. State tax filing forms In June, the corporation gave a charitable contribution of $10,000. State tax filing forms A corporation's limit on charitable contributions is figured after subtracting any section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms The business income limit for the section 179 deduction is figured after subtracting any allowable charitable contributions. State tax filing forms XYZ's taxable income figured without the section 179 deduction or the deduction for charitable contributions is $520,000. State tax filing forms XYZ figures its section 179 deduction and its deduction for charitable contributions as follows. State tax filing forms Step 1– Taxable income figured without either deduction is $520,000. State tax filing forms Step 2– Using $520,000 as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical section 179 deduction is $500,000. State tax filing forms Step 3– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). State tax filing forms Step 4– Using $20,000 (from Step 3) as taxable income, XYZ's hypothetical charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. State tax filing forms Step 5– $518,000 ($520,000 − $2,000). State tax filing forms Step 6– Using $518,000 (from Step 5) as taxable income, XYZ figures the actual section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms Because the taxable income is at least $500,000, XYZ can take a $500,000 section 179 deduction. State tax filing forms Step 7– $20,000 ($520,000 − $500,000). State tax filing forms Step 8– Using $20,000 (from Step 7) as taxable income, XYZ's actual charitable contribution (limited to 10% of taxable income) is $2,000. State tax filing forms Carryover of disallowed deduction. State tax filing forms   You can carry over for an unlimited number of years the cost of any section 179 property you elected to expense but were unable to because of the business income limit. State tax filing forms This disallowed deduction amount is shown on line 13 of Form 4562. State tax filing forms You use the amount you carry over to determine your section 179 deduction in the next year. State tax filing forms Enter that amount on line 10 of your Form 4562 for the next year. State tax filing forms   If you place more than one property in service in a year, you can select the properties for which all or a part of the costs will be carried forward. State tax filing forms Your selections must be shown in your books and records. State tax filing forms For this purpose, treat section 179 costs allocated from a partnership or an S corporation as one item of section 179 property. State tax filing forms If you do not make a selection, the total carryover will be allocated equally among the properties you elected to expense for the year. State tax filing forms   If costs from more than one year are carried forward to a subsequent year in which only part of the total carryover can be deducted, you must deduct the costs being carried forward from the earliest year first. State tax filing forms Special rules for qualified section 179 real property. State tax filing forms   You can carry over to 2013 a 2012 deduction attributable to qualified section 179 real property that you elected to expense but were unable to take because of the business income limitation. State tax filing forms Any such 2012 carryover amounts that are not deducted in 2013, plus any 2013 disallowed section 179 expense deductions attributable to qualified real property, are not carried over to 2014. State tax filing forms Instead these amounts are treated as property placed in service on the first day of 2013 for purposes of computing depreciation (including the special depreciation allowance, if applicable). State tax filing forms See section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code and Notice 2013-59 for more information. State tax filing forms If there is a sale or other disposition of your property (including a transfer at death) before you can use the full amount of any outstanding carryover of your disallowed section 179 deduction, neither you nor the new owner can deduct any of the unused amount. State tax filing forms Instead, you must add it back to the property's basis. State tax filing forms Partnerships and Partners The section 179 deduction limits apply both to the partnership and to each partner. State tax filing forms The partnership determines its section 179 deduction subject to the limits. State tax filing forms It then allocates the deduction among its partners. State tax filing forms Each partner adds the amount allocated from partnerships (shown on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. State tax filing forms ) to his or her nonpartnership section 179 costs and then applies the dollar limit to this total. State tax filing forms To determine any reduction in the dollar limit for costs over $2,000,000, the partner does not include any of the cost of section 179 property placed in service by the partnership. State tax filing forms After the dollar limit (reduced for any nonpartnership section 179 costs over $2,000,000) is applied, any remaining cost of the partnership and nonpartnership section 179 property is subject to the business income limit. State tax filing forms Partnership's taxable income. State tax filing forms   For purposes of the business income limit, figure the partnership's taxable income by adding together the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the partnership during the year. State tax filing forms See the Instructions for Form 1065 for information on how to figure partnership net income (or loss). State tax filing forms However, figure taxable income without regard to credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and guaranteed payments under section 707(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. State tax filing forms Partner's share of partnership's taxable income. State tax filing forms   For purposes of the business income limit, the taxable income of a partner engaged in the active conduct of one or more of a partnership's trades or businesses includes his or her allocable share of taxable income derived from the partnership's active conduct of any trade or business. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms In 2013, Beech Partnership placed in service section 179 property with a total cost of $2,025,000. State tax filing forms The partnership must reduce its dollar limit by $25,000 ($2,025,000 − $2,000,000). State tax filing forms Its maximum section 179 deduction is $475,000 ($500,000 − $25,000), and it elects to expense that amount. State tax filing forms The partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of all its trades or businesses for the year was $600,000, so it can deduct the full $475,000. State tax filing forms It allocates $40,000 of its section 179 deduction and $50,000 of its taxable income to Dean, one of its partners. State tax filing forms In addition to being a partner in Beech Partnership, Dean is also a partner in the Cedar Partnership, which allocated to him a $30,000 section 179 deduction and $35,000 of its taxable income from the active conduct of its business. State tax filing forms He also conducts a business as a sole proprietor and, in 2013, placed in service in that business qualifying section 179 property costing $55,000. State tax filing forms He had a net loss of $5,000 from that business for the year. State tax filing forms Dean does not have to include section 179 partnership costs to figure any reduction in his dollar limit, so his total section 179 costs for the year are not more than $2,000,000 and his dollar limit is not reduced. State tax filing forms His maximum section 179 deduction is $500,000. State tax filing forms He elects to expense all of the $70,000 in section 179 deductions allocated from the partnerships ($40,000 from Beech Partnership plus $30,000 from Cedar Partnership), plus $55,000 of his sole proprietorship's section 179 costs, and notes that information in his books and records. State tax filing forms However, his deduction is limited to his business taxable income of $80,000 ($50,000 from Beech Partnership, plus $35,000 from Cedar Partnership minus $5,000 loss from his sole proprietorship). State tax filing forms He carries over $45,000 ($125,000 − $80,000) of the elected section 179 costs to 2014. State tax filing forms He allocates the carryover amount to the cost of section 179 property placed in service in his sole proprietorship, and notes that allocation in his books and records. State tax filing forms Different tax years. State tax filing forms   For purposes of the business income limit, if the partner's tax year and that of the partnership differ, the partner's share of the partnership's taxable income for a tax year is generally the partner's distributive share for the partnership tax year that ends with or within the partner's tax year. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms John and James Oak are equal partners in Oak Partnership. State tax filing forms Oak Partnership uses a tax year ending January 31. State tax filing forms John and James both use a tax year ending December 31. State tax filing forms For its tax year ending January 31, 2013, Oak Partnership's taxable income from the active conduct of its business is $80,000, of which $70,000 was earned during 2012. State tax filing forms John and James each include $40,000 (each partner's entire share) of partnership taxable income in computing their business income limit for the 2013 tax year. State tax filing forms Adjustment of partner's basis in partnership. State tax filing forms   A partner must reduce the basis of his or her partnership interest by the total amount of section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership even if the partner cannot currently deduct the total amount. State tax filing forms If the partner disposes of his or her partnership interest, the partner's basis for determining gain or loss is increased by any outstanding carryover of disallowed section 179 expenses allocated from the partnership. State tax filing forms Adjustment of partnership's basis in section 179 property. State tax filing forms   The basis of a partnership's section 179 property must be reduced by the section 179 deduction elected by the partnership. State tax filing forms This reduction of basis must be made even if a partner cannot deduct all or part of the section 179 deduction allocated to that partner by the partnership because of the limits. State tax filing forms S Corporations Generally, the rules that apply to a partnership and its partners also apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. State tax filing forms The deduction limits apply to an S corporation and to each shareholder. State tax filing forms The S corporation allocates its deduction to the shareholders who then take their section 179 deduction subject to the limits. State tax filing forms Figuring taxable income for an S corporation. State tax filing forms   To figure taxable income (or loss) from the active conduct by an S corporation of any trade or business, you total the net income and losses from all trades or businesses actively conducted by the S corporation during the year. State tax filing forms   To figure the net income (or loss) from a trade or business actively conducted by an S corporation, you take into account the items from that trade or business that are passed through to the shareholders and used in determining each shareholder's tax liability. State tax filing forms However, you do not take into account any credits, tax-exempt income, the section 179 deduction, and deductions for compensation paid to shareholder-employees. State tax filing forms For purposes of determining the total amount of S corporation items, treat deductions and losses as negative income. State tax filing forms In figuring the taxable income of an S corporation, disregard any limits on the amount of an S corporation item that must be taken into account when figuring a shareholder's taxable income. State tax filing forms Other Corporations A corporation's taxable income from its active conduct of any trade or business is its taxable income figured with the following changes. State tax filing forms It is figured before deducting the section 179 deduction, any net operating loss deduction, and special deductions (as reported on the corporation's income tax return). State tax filing forms It is adjusted for items of income or deduction included in the amount figured in 1, above, not derived from a trade or business actively conducted by the corporation during the tax year. State tax filing forms How Do You Elect the Deduction? You elect to take the section 179 deduction by completing Part I of Form 4562. State tax filing forms If you elect the deduction for listed property (described in chapter 5), complete Part V of Form 4562 before completing Part I. State tax filing forms For property placed in service in 2013, file Form 4562 with either of the following. State tax filing forms Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. State tax filing forms An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. State tax filing forms An election made on an amended return must specify the item of section 179 property to which the election applies and the part of the cost of each such item to be taken into account. State tax filing forms The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. State tax filing forms You must keep records that show the specific identification of each piece of qualifying section 179 property. State tax filing forms These records must show how you acquired the property, the person you acquired it from, and when you placed it in service. State tax filing forms Election for certain qualified section 179 real property. State tax filing forms   You can elect to expense certain qualified real property that you placed in service as section 179 property for tax years beginning in 2013. State tax filing forms If you elect to treat this property as section 179 property, you must elect the application of the special rules for qualified real property described in section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. State tax filing forms   To make the election, attach a statement indicating you are “electing the application of section 179(f) of the Internal Revenue Code” with either of the following. State tax filing forms Your original 2013 tax return, whether or not you file it timely. State tax filing forms An amended return for 2013 filed within the time prescribed by law. State tax filing forms The amended return must also include any adjustments to taxable income. State tax filing forms   The statement should indicate your election to expense certain qualified real property under section 179(f) on your return. State tax filing forms It must specify one or more of the three types of qualified property (described under Qualified real property ) to which the election applies, the cost of each such type, and the portion of the cost of each such property to be taken into account. State tax filing forms Also, report this on line 6 of Form 4562. State tax filing forms    The maximum section 179 expense deduction that can be taken for qualified section 179 real property is limited to $250,000. State tax filing forms Revoking an election. State tax filing forms   An election (or any specification made in the election) to take a section 179 deduction for 2013 can be revoked without IRS approval by filing an amended return. State tax filing forms The amended return must be filed within the time prescribed by law. State tax filing forms The amended return must also include any resulting adjustments to taxable income. State tax filing forms Once made, the revocation is irrevocable. State tax filing forms When Must You Recapture the Deduction? You may have to recapture the section 179 deduction if, in any year during the property's recovery period, the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. State tax filing forms In the year the business use drops to 50% or less, you include the recapture amount as ordinary income in Part IV of Form 4797. State tax filing forms You also increase the basis of the property by the recapture amount. State tax filing forms Recovery periods for property are discussed under Which Recovery Period Applies in chapter 4 . State tax filing forms If you sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the property, do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion. State tax filing forms Instead, use the rules for recapturing depreciation explained in chapter 3 of Publication 544 under Section 1245 Property. State tax filing forms For qualified real property (described earlier), see Notice 2013-59 for determining the portion of the gain that is attributable to section 1245 property upon the sale or other disposition of qualified real property. State tax filing forms If the property is listed property (described in chapter 5 ), do not figure the recapture amount under the rules explained in this discussion when the percentage of business use drops to 50% or less. State tax filing forms Instead, use the rules for recapturing excess depreciation in chapter 5 under What Is the Business-Use Requirement. State tax filing forms Figuring the recapture amount. State tax filing forms   To figure the amount to recapture, take the following steps. State tax filing forms Figure the depreciation that would have been allowable on the section 179 deduction you claimed. State tax filing forms Begin with the year you placed the property in service and include the year of recapture. State tax filing forms Subtract the depreciation figured in (1) from the section 179 deduction you claimed. State tax filing forms The result is the amount you must recapture. State tax filing forms Example. State tax filing forms In January 2011, Paul Lamb, a calendar year taxpayer, bought and placed in service section 179 property costing $10,000. State tax filing forms The property is not listed property. State tax filing forms The property is 3-year property. State tax filing forms He elected a $5,000 section 179 deduction for the property and also elected not to claim a special depreciation allowance. State tax filing forms He used the property only for business in 2011 and 2012. State tax filing forms In 2013, he used the property 40% for business and 60% for personal use. State tax filing forms He figures his recapture amount as follows. State tax filing forms Section 179 deduction claimed (2011) $5,000. State tax filing forms 00 Minus: Allowable depreciation using Table A-1 (instead of section 179 deduction):   2011 $1,666. State tax filing forms 50   2012 2,222. State tax filing forms 50   2013 ($740. State tax filing forms 50 × 40% (business)) 296. State tax filing forms 20 4,185. State tax filing forms 20 2013 — Recapture amount $ 814. State tax filing forms 80 Paul must include $814. State tax filing forms 80 in income for 2013. State tax filing forms If any qualified zone property placed in service during the year ceases to be used in an empowerment zone by an enterprise zone business in a later year, the benefit of the increased section 179 deduction must be reported as other income on your return. State tax filing forms Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications